Ellington War Memorial


Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II

List Entry Number: 1456855

Date first listed: 08-Aug-2018

Statutory Address: Churchyard of the Church of All Saints, High Street, Ellington, Cambridgeshire, PE28 0AB


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Statutory Address: Churchyard of the Church of All Saints, High Street, Ellington, Cambridgeshire, PE28 0AB

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Cambridgeshire

District: Huntingdonshire (District Authority)

Parish: Ellington

National Grid Reference: TL1603371811


First World War memorial unveiled in 1920.

Reasons for Designation

Ellington War Memorial, which is situated in the churchyard to the north of the Church of All Saints, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

Historic interest:

* as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on this local community, and the sacrifices it has made in the conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest:

* as a well-executed stone obelisk.

Group value:

* with the Church of All Saints (Grade I), tombs within the churchyard (Grade II) and buildings to the north including The Mermaid, The Stores and Oakley Cottage (all Grade II-listed).


The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across England. This was the result of both the huge impact on communities of the loss of three quarters of a million British lives, and also the official policy of not repatriating the dead which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss. One such memorial was raised at Ellington as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

Ellington War Memorial was unveiled in 1920. A Roll of Honour can also be found inside the church.


First World War memorial unveiled in 1920.

DESCRIPTION: Ellington War Memorial is located in the churchyard to the north of the Church of All Saints (Grade I-listed).

The memorial takes the form of an obelisk rising from a pedestal with a moulded collar and foot on a single stepped base. The north face of the pedestal reads ERECTED/ IN HONOUR OF/ (NAMES)/ WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1918. The east face bears the inscription PASS NOT THIS STONE IN SORROW/ BUT IN PRIDE/ AND MAY YOU LIVE AS NOBLY/ AS THEY DIED. On the south face of the memorial is the inscription ALSO/ IN MEMORY OF/ (NAME)/ WHO DIED AT COLOGNE/ WHILE SERVING WITH THE/ ARMY OF OCCUPATION, while the west face reads THEY DIED/ FOR LIBERTY AND HONOUR.


Ellington War Memorial, accessed 28 September 2017 from www.roll-of-honour.com/Huntingdonshire/Ellington.html
War Memorials Online, accessed 28 Sept 2017 from http://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/node/122249
War Memorials Register, accessed 28 Sept 2017 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/201

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